Mohammad-Ali Miri

Mohammad-Ali Miri is an Assistant Professor of Physics at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Optics from CREOL, the Center for Optics and Photonics, at the University of Central Florida in 2014, and before joining CUNY he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests are in the broad areas of optics and photonics, nonlinear optics, integrated photonics, optical computing, and analog optical information processing. He is a recipient of the 2022 Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). He has authored and co-authored more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

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Postdoctoral Fellows 

Kevin Zelaya

Dr. Zelaya obtained his Bachelor's degree at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), and his Master's and Ph.D. degrees at Cinvestav (Mexico City, Mexico). Dr. Zelaya is a former postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de Recherches Matheamtiques (CRM) of the University of Montreal (Montreal, Canada), and at the Department of Theoretical Physics of the Nuclear Physics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic). His research focuses on the interception of mathematics and physics, mostly on problems related to integrable systems in quantum mechanics and optics (relativistic and non-relativistic), non-stationary phenomena, quantization methods for classical systems with constraints, theory of exceptional orthogonal polynomials, and integrability of 2D lattices.

Kishor K Mandal

Graduate Students

Mostafa Honari-Latifpour

Mostafa is a Ph.D. student working on physics-inspired computation methods and unconventional computing platforms for applications in optimization and learning. He received his M.S. in 2018 from the University of Tehran and his B.S. in 2015 from Tehran Polytechnic, Iran, both in Electrical Engineering.

 Email: mhonarilatifpour at

Matthew Markowitz

Matt received his B.S. degree in 2018 from CUNY, Hunter College. His primary focus has been on the design and optimization of metasurfaces and multilayer devices. 

Jonathan Friedman

Jonathan received a M.S. in photonics from Queens College in 2022, and a B.S. in engineering from The Cooper Union in 2009. 

Sina Mohammadi

Sina is a Ph.D. student working on photovoltaic devices, with a primary focus on optical wireless power transmission. He earned his M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology in 2022. Sina's research aims to harness the potential of light for wireless energy transmission, contributing to a sustainable future. 

Undergraduate Students

Erina Vela

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Physics at Queens College with aspirations of becoming a mechanical engineer. I have participated in Queens College’s first ever Computer-Aided Design (CAD) club and am continuously advancing my skills in CAD and various coding languages. My short-term goal is to get accepted into an engineering program for graduate school.